What’s New in the World of Social Health?

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I like to think of social health as the dimension of well-being that comes from connection and community. Everywhere I look these days, I see actions being taken to improve people’s social health.

What’s been happening?

A lot. Here are three examples.

Dive in deeper with these resources

  1. This toolkit. “It’s the Little Things: A Community Resource for Strengthening Social Connections” shares 100+ recommendations based on conversations with 300+ community organizations. Although designed for MA, the ideas are relevant anywhere.
  2. This report. “Together Apart: Findings from the Social Isolation Impact Summit” summarizes insights from an event hosted by the Milken Institute and the Motion Picture and Television Fund earlier this year.
  3. This journal. The American Society on Aging dedicated their latest volume to the issue of social isolation and loneliness. It includes articles from many great researchers and doers in this space.
  4. These books. I curated a list of books I recommend to learn more about loneliness, connection, and their influence on health. Purchases support local, independent bookstores in the US.
  5. These videos. I’ve been having weekly conversations with researchers, entrepreneurs, and community builders whose work relates to social wellness on Instagram Live. Lots more to come, so make sure you’re following!
Watch the series here

My latest articles and talks

A big part of my personal mission is communicating the science of connection to non-academics and making the insights actionable in the real world. While a lot of my speaking engagements are not public, here are a couple from the last two weeks that you can tune into:

Read the article here
Read the essay here

In case you missed it

I’m thrilled to have been selected as a 2020 Encore Public Voices Fellow! Already I’ve been learning from and with this cohort of people who are changing the conversation around aging, longevity, intergenerational connection, and social justice.

Learn more about the fellowship here
See the feature here

Writing, speaking, and working on social health. MPH @ Harvard. Catalyzing connection @ socialhealthlabs.com. Say hi @ kasleykillam.com.

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